Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Designers Guild

I love this Company it is one of my all time favorite.

I was able to peruse the new Designer Guild Spring Fabric and Wallpaper collection this week. The colors are bright, fun but elegant at the same time (typical designer guild style). Tricia Guild the master mind behind the designs is a brilliant designer. I have admired her fabrics and wallcoverings since I started working in Interior Design at Zander's Interiors in Madison Wisconsin. At Zander's they had this fabulous designer who always used these farbics and really funs and bright colors schemes.

I can see using these fabrics as great pillows or window treatments. I think that if you had neutral funiture and were looking for a way to liven the space up or give it a spring or summer look this would wake up the room and give it the boost that you were looking for.

The wallpaper would be great to use in the middle part of decorative paneling. They show this a lot on there website. It would punch up the room and you would not need a ton of yardage.

Designer Guild a collection called Primrose Hill that would make great kids rooms fabric and wallcovering. If you are looking for a way to do a nursury or kids room in a fun and not so cutsey, way this farbic and wallcovering would be perfect! These are a few of my favorites I love the elephants.

This fabric below I thought would make a great sunroom cushion or window treatment it has great motif.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Gardens are In!

I was able to get my gardens finished just in the nick of time for planting. This year I am concentrating on 2-gardens. I created new vegetable garden and replanting a existing perennial garden with a rock wall next to our deck.
I was able finished both this past weekend which was next to amazing with a 7 month old. I was able to till and prep the soil in the vegetable garden and plant carrots, beets, onions, and sweet peas. I may be a little late with the carrots.
The old perennial garden was a bit of a job due to the hostile day lily take over. They multiplied everywhere, I know I will be pulling new sprouts out all summer. I decided to checked out the Beaver Lake nature center plant sale and I was able buy some really nice plants and receive a lot of help and information from their experts.

Being the new gardener I am, I started seeds in little grow pots this year. My husband thought I was crazy and told me I should buy my vegetable/herb plant more mature. But no.....I had to start seedlings from scratch. I planted the seedlings about a month ago they were doing so well I was so proud of their progress. I decided to put them outside to acclimate them and to give them some fresh air, my unfortunate mistake was I set them in the sun instead of the shade. I fried my little seedling. The Lupines were a few of the survivors pictures below. I guess I will be buying plants this year. I think that gardening is going to be a learning experience for me.

On Mother's day weekend we had an outing to a private garden http://.sycamorehillgardens.com/ near us. I had been dieing to see this house and grounds every time I pass it I had no idea that they opened it up to the public a few times a year. The grounds were an amazing 25 aces of beautiful and different gardens with all sorts of interesting species of plants, swan ponds, stone towers and statues. They had a variety of evergreen trees large and dwarfed that looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book.

Along with the enchanting garden there were beautiful statues. A huge chicken statue was housed next to this adorable cottage

It was very inspirational to see this house and garden and what an incredible job these people have done. The great thing it was to support Baltimore Woods-http://www.takeahike.org/

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Photo Shoot and Laundry Room

The photo shoot was successful. I am still waiting to see the photos. I can not wait to see them. I will share as soon as I can.It was a whirl wind. It took 2 days to get all the shots that I wanted and one of the houses we only did half of it!

When you look at all of the shelter magazines and it is amazing the detail that they show in the rooms. My mother-in-law actually won one of the contests done by Better Homes and Garden Windows. She told me they were there for 2 days photographing just her windows.

I love styling it is so much fun you get to work with beautiful flowers and shop for great props. It is really interesting when photographing a room because when you are a designer you are used to looking at the whole room you have to remember that you are only seeing a part of that room and the details have to be perfect. Beds are the hardest to photograph the camera picks up every little wrinkle and funny laying pillow. I always need to look on the computer to see everything that the camera is picking up because so often you don't see it with your eye.

There has been lots of action happening at our house lately:
I finally have a partial laundry room it was my mother's day present My husband worked on it for 2 weekends.
We demoed out our old mudroom and took out the stair to the basement. Replaced the door with a window (which at the moment is a sheet of plywood) and got rid of all the old cabinetry.

We will be also ripping out those old stairs and putting in new ones but I have to wait a few weeks for that to happen. Till that happens I have to live with my washer and dryer in a ripped apart room with no sheet rock or floor.

At least I am able to do laundry. I love my new washer and dryer! Life is so much easier with a front loader when you have a child and it saves an amazing amounts of water and energy. It uses something like 6 gallons of water per load. I am working on the color scheme, light fixtures, and storage. It will be a great room when it is done but somehow when you are married to a carpenter you are the last to get things done.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung at Elan Interiors and time for some changes!

This is our new logo that I am very excited about:

The new website is up and going check it out http://www.elaninteriordesign.com/

I can't believe I started all of this in the beginning of February and finally it is ready. I think the website will be always evolving so make sure you check back. I am also Blogging which will be very new for me and I am excited to start writing. In my blog I will be sharing new and exciting products that I scout out, happening in the day and life of an interior designer and progress with my remodel on my house.

All of the new changes to my site and logo were done with the help of Cara at http://www.marquiscreative.com/. Cara has been a huge help and very talented graphic designer! I had been looking for a graphic designer that had a great almost boutique style for over a year and I was so happy when I found Cara's website.

I will be adding some new pictures to my site within the next week or so.I have a photo shoot set up this week at a lake house that I have been working on for over 4 years. It is set in a gorgeous location in a very undeveloped area in Henderson Harbor, NY. Working with the architect Ed Harrington it took about 4 different drafts of plans of different style homes to come up with the final layout/ plans.

Also scheduled for my photo shoot is a house that I have been working on for 3 years in Fayetteville, NY. It was a great project and working with a terrific family. The clients had bought the house from the husbands grandparents. Nothing in the house had really changed it seemed since the 1950's. Unfortunately with 4 active kids they were quickly growing out of it and the layout did not meet the needs of a family of 2008. Trying to retain the integrity of the original house we worked again with he architect Ed Harrington to save the existing structure and add on the space the family needed.

I will be working with the photographer Tom Fernandez on the photo shoots. I worked with him while shooting pictures at the Genesee Grande in Syracuse on a bunch of interior work that I did. You can check out some of his photos at http://www.geneseegrande.com/ go to the gallery section.

I will be sharing more of these projects with pictures within a couple of days.